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About Archabyss

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    Essex, England
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    Reading, walking, running for charity and meeting like minded folks
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    Reasonably, I won't say I know alot as there are always surprises. I have been studying and practising/working for over 15 years now.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    Yes, but not to the same length as witchcraft. Earliest experiences were with Wicca until it came apparent after a couple of months it wasn't right for me with an offer of joining a coven. Looked at both heathen and druidic paths but whilst elements (in particular those that coincide with folklore sayings and beliefs) stuck true the rest didn't but they did lead me to traditional witchcraft.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Leading on from above, yes. Using a combination of book study from modern authors and the study of folklore from England plus associated folklore from Europe, I practice witchcraft. On my own I piece together spell workings and correspondences that are native to where I live and work plus also I work a lot within the green path with plant spirits and guides, this part is greatly influenced by Daniel Schulke's work.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    For me Traditional witchcraft is the study and importantly the practice of magic. Deity isn't central to it but working with spirits such like those of plants and land can be depending on which fork you take.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    About 11 years give or take.
  • What brought you to our site?
    Recommendation from someone on a yahoo group I am a member of.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I would like to be able to have conversations and good debates with other people who practice witchcraft. Some practices such as blood work for example don't tend to get discussed often (considered a taboo usually sadly) and knowing that you have a closed forum for members does mean that conversation can flow better for these sorts of areas without the chance of someone copying your conversation and passing it off as their own which happened to me years back.
    What I can contribute is what I expect from the forum, I will be learning from others but I also hope my experiences are useful to the community here to.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    No, years ago I did but that forum was a pagan forum mainly and no longer exists.
    I do belong to the Witches Sabbat yahoo group though.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Practical skills such as crafting potions, incense and tools, spell work and charming.
    Working with land spirits and plant spirits plus associated green work with herbalism.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Seership, whilst I can read tarot and runes I have yet to get consistent results with scrying or oracle work. Works occasionally but not my gift or strong point.
  1. It costs less if you can get it from a good bookshop now before they go to secondhand market, someone already has a copy on eBay for 53 which is way more than I paid. Both Xoanon and 3HP books are always reasonable for their standard hardbacks before the secondhand profiteers get their hands on them.
  2. Now I have a chance to read this book thought I would post up about it. Whilst I enjoyed the book and it has new and interesting bits including a couple of hints and a verse from the fated Dragon Grimoire of Chumbleys yet to be released, it was a bit disappointing in a way. If you are expecting the UV or the AP then you will be too at first. It does have a few stories about personal practice but it can seem to be a retread of poison history from the CS viewpoint if you read it in that first disappointed way. Once you get past that though it is an engaging book, whilst I have a fair amount of some of the history in other books albeit not in a such a lovely prose, it does have a wealth of insights built into them. I like the way each chapter is a complete essay which you can take as individual if you wish or as and when you can flip back and forth between them. There is a interesting chapter on Hecate and poisons, which builds on some Mandrake lore I have in regards to corpses and also in the book discusses the poisons that the human and animal corpse creates and releases including in part the effects. Interesting and I have read bits on this before but not in this detail. The book has given me a few ideas and new directions to go in regarding practise (not in the corpse direction!) but for me strangely rather reading it with Schulke's other books I found that I got more out of it with Pendell's trinity of books. Recommended but just don't expect it to be like his other books.
  3. If you have a good supplier or book shop, use it!
  4. It's not a bad book small but quite nicely researched and written, it's on my shelves.
  5. Definitely! Also know that idea of 'not haggling' ... Doesn't apply to researching prices, if I want something made to MY specs then I don't haggle but for a bog standard product then yes I haggle and find the best bargain for me.
  6. If you must buy a oil from a store premade then remember the cheaper the price the cheaper the ingredients in it and cheaper the quality same goes for cheap herbs which are no good for anything but throwing.
  7. If like me you try out others recipes then mention that on the label too. I have ended up with three similar jars all with the 'same thing' but made with three recipes. Ok so with a bit of effort you could pinpoint which is which but properly labelling goes a long way!
  8. Learn that some people are nosey to get one up on folks by having something to hold over them, some friends aren't friends. Charity shops are great for finding bottles for things or other items. And strangely wedding shops like confetti have sales of useful items. No matter where you buy stuff, charity shop, witch shop or supermarket, remember to cleanse the items before use. Even if people aren't up to something the item could have something attached you don't want. If you aren't a hundred per sure on what you have picked from the wild, then don't use it.
  9. Apart from folk deliberately get me involved I guess I have a fairly high tolerance. The Mork and Mindy thing wouldn't faze me to much but then I am used to chaotes and their ideas so as long as I'm not involved I don't care. :) As for dark sides and light sides, well both can be wrong in my eyes. I walk a balance, between good, evil, neutrality, dark, light and every other 'side'. It is having that balance which makes traditional witchcraft different, we know there are other sides and we don't hide from them but use those sides.
  10. I have the Thoth deck which I mainly use and the Ferret tarot which was a present but I have used, it's more a light hearted hearted deck and not sealed so you have to handle the cards very carefully.
  11. To my younger self, Listen and learn, even assholes have a lesson to teach even if it's not how to behave. Don't believe others than what you are doing is wrong because you aren't in a group, thankfully only did one outer court lesson before realising they were ripping off your ideas but it will sting you for quite a while. Remember all those years playing in the woods as a child, well always remember to play. Arch
  12. I've read the authors work in articles and essays before I read the Queen of Hell, to my mind his work came across better in those than the book. The book whilst having glimpses of his work with his Goddess, was written up to much in words to sound impressive and grimoire stylee rather than have the primal impact of his essays. Now I haven't read the other two and really I have no intention of doing so but personally I would suggest that people seek out his other works and maybe if it's still up his website before reading this trilogy to see if it is something you are interested in. Interesting you mention that his mythology doesn't match traditional mythology which it doesn't, it has nodding greeting to some of it but other than that the best way I can describe it is that he seems to use a media chaote's perspective on it, ie only use what fits. It's not even proper paradigm shifting but an ad hoc I'll read one. Whilst I do believe he has a very strong relationship with something, personally I am not sure it is Hecate. And from my knowledge slight as it may be I don't find it resonates with Her at all, similar but quite one sided. Just my two pennies.
  13. Erowid is useful in this type of research but also do you have a watcher, a friend who can sit with you, not to be involved but to keep an eye on you in case of problems.
  14. I agree there are a lot of problems with looking at bodies from graves but one thing in my mind is that we don't know about their beliefs or religion, for all we know they could have buried their dead in this way out of respect and tradition but after that it is the journey of the soul that is important. What we do know is the permafrost is melting, animals will find bodies and eat them because meat on the ground is easier than hunting.
  15. http://siberiantimes.com/culture/others/features/siberian-princess-reveals-her-2500-year-old-tattoos/ Hopefully this link is ok. Don't know if anyone else remembers this find in the permafrost but the scientists have released drawings of the tattos on the princess and the warriors found near by. It to my mind is an interesting piece as the designs are similar to drawings I have seen by witch artists of creatures and for me I think that they would be in part to show status but also the religionous beliefs and also seeing the 'date' of the people their outlook on magical belief. Now I don't know much about this countrys beliefs but it is still an interesting piece.
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